Petroleum Engineering and Project Development

Petroleum Engineering and Project Development
4- or 5-year engineering degree
Training pace
Alternating or continuous
In brief


Did you know that the Oil & Gas industry is experiencing a profound transformation? It must face the challenges of energy transition, optimizing the production of Oil & Gas fields while limiting CO2 emissions related to their operation and ensuring maximum security. When you realize that on average, recovery rates level off at 35%, and that 1% more would cover 2 years of worldwide consumption... every innovation is worth considering! In our Petroleum Engineering and Project Development program (taught in English), your training will be based on actual case studies from the industry, so you’ll be prepared to meet its challenges. Go for it!

The key points of the program

Applied teaching
Field internships
Diversity of professions

Career prospects for graduates

French oil and gas companies
Foreign oil companies (private)
Oil and gas equipment and services
National oil companies
Program & planning



  • Fundamentals of reservoir engineering
  • Static and dynamic reservoir characterization
  • Georesource production mechanisms
  • Reservoir modeling and simulation


  • Well engineering
  • Conduct of drilling operations
  • Well productivity
  • Drilling-completion project


  • Development of offshore fields
  • Effluent treatment
  • Process engineering and energy efficiency
  • Integrated production projects

Transverse skills and professional attitudes

  • Professional Skills Module
  • Innovation and Entrepreneurship Module

In addition, HSE issues – particularly concerning safety – are addressed in all courses.


The two examples of schedules shown below correspond to the most frequently encountered cases for students in the program:

  • a 16-month continuous program for students with a 4- or 5-year engineering degree;
  • an alternating school/company 19-month program for students with a 5-year engineering degree.

Planning of Petroleum Engineering and Project Development


There are other possible cases, such as:

  • an 10-month continuous program for a student with a 5-year engineering degree who has already had placements in a company for at least 4 months, approved by IFP School at the time of admission;
  • a 22-month alternating school/company program for an engineering student in the penultimate year of a major European school or university having signed a double-degree agreement with IFP School.
Career opportunities


  • Oil & Gas companies: IOC, NOC
  • Oil & Gas service and equipment companies
  • Drilling contractors
  • Underground storage operators
  • Geothermal energy companies
  • Consulting companies
  • Public services (water cycle management, waste management, etc.)


This program concerns the entire oil and gas production chain, from the reservoir containing the hydrocarbons in the subsurface, to drilling and surface-installed production facilities. It leads to three main job families: reservoir engineering, drilling engineering and production engineering.

  • Reservoir engineers study the production potential of reservoirs and the technical means to be implemented to optimize recovery rates.
  • Drilling engineers study, design and lead drilling operations and maintenance operations in oilfield wells.
  • Production engineers work on engineering surface production facilities designed to process oil and gas products, monitor projects, or are involved in facility operation.

Combining these fields of expertise in a single program fosters a broad vision between the professions that optimizes oilfield production for the teams working in this field, whether for operating oil companies or service providers.

Funding & sponsorships

Typical class profile

Students in this program are almost all sponsored by companies (through sponsorships, apprenticeships or as seconded professionals) that finance their living expenses during the academic period and contribute towards their tuition.

Main sponsors

Among these companies, the following have been IFP School partners in recent years (non-exhaustive list):

  • BP
  • Cepsa
  • Elengy
  • Engie
  • Equinor
  • Flexi France
  • Lundin
  • Maurel & Prom
  • Perenco
  • Saipem
  • Schlumberger
  • Shell
  • SMP
  • Storengy
  • TechnipFMC
  • TotalEnergies